Shot down by flak on mission to V-Site Le Meillard on 14 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31246. Evaded (EVD). Only member of crew not captured. He was helped by the French Resistance through occupied France, walking over the Pyrenees Mountains and into neutral Spain, arriving on May 8th, his 23rd birthday.
Escape and Evasion Report #730.
Missing Air Crew Report #2497
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
Assigned to the 384th BG, 547th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #163 dated 8 December 1943, as crew pilot, 3 combat missions.
Shot down by flak on mission to V-Site Le Meillard on 14 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31246. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2497.
Units served with
The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 8/10/43; Grand Island 21/10/43; Nashville 28/10/43; Assigned transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-A] Grafton Underwood 27/11/43; 545BS [JD-A]; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 14/1/44 with Neill Britt, Co-pilot: Ray Haley, Bombardier: Oscar...
14 January 1944
This mission is a combined effort of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions to attack V-Weapon sites near the French coast near Pas-de-Calaise. Some targets of opportunity were also bombed. A total of 20 out of 21 V-Weapon sites are hit with varying results.
Military site : airfield
Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...
||8 May 1921
||Grafton Underwood, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14, UK
||8 December 1943
Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group, 547th Bombardment Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #163 dated 8 December 1943, Neill Lasane Britt Crew.
||15 August 2010